1. I’ve been house-sitting for my parents for the past week, and have loved having a great big house all to myself. Except, last night, at 1am, I realised that there was a whole section of the house that I hadn’t stepped foot in for six days. This, of course, led to me deciding that a cavalcade of murderers was camping in the old sauna (along with my childhood soft toys), and then I really couldn’t sleep at all.
2. On the plus side, I’ve figured out my emergency escape plan. It involves hiding as high up as I can inside my built-in wardrobe, hoisted up with my legs and back pressed against opposite walls and a hanging coat pulled against my Spiderman body so that I am INVISIBLE TO MURDERERS.
3. I also couldn’t sleep the night before the whole murderers thing, because my dog was lying beside my bed and it made me content to rest my hand against her back. However, whenever I stopped patting her in an attempt to go to sleep, she’d snuffle her nose against my hand in a not-subtle keep-patting message and my heart would almost burst with love because she’s getting so old and doddery and I wish she wouldn’t.
6. I am so full of wanting and yearning that I feel like my everything is trembling with the fear of never getting where I want to be.
7. I made a new version of my popular Date Coconut Cashew Treats, again for my grandma, because she is awesome and responds to my joking about phallic food with incredible wit and wisdom. My new version amps up the coconut, and uses my beloved Medjool dates in place of the Deglet Nours of the original. They’re good’uns, they are: the treats and my grandma alike.
Coconut Date Treats of Raw Vegan Sweetness
Adapted from my Raw Vegan Date Coconut Cashew Energy Treats
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup fresh dates, pitted (Medjool dates are best)
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- extra desiccated coconut, to roll
- Place the cashews in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add coconut flour, dates, and salt and process until the mixture is clumping together.
- Add the desiccated coconut and vanilla and pulse again to combine.
- Pour about 1/2 cup of extra desiccated coconut onto a plate. Roll the date nut mixture into balls the size of your choosing, and then roll these balls in the coconut to coat. Store in the fridge or freezer, but do let them soften a bit before eating if you store them in the freezer. The flavours sing more at fridge or room temperature. And we like singing, don’t we?
Question Time: What has happened in your life this past week? Do you have any songs currently stuck in your head (I need some new tunes!)?